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Stadium for Cornwall: Delay Worries

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7:45am 22nd May 2013

There are fears that a road row could delay a Stadium for Cornwall and cost taxpayers half a million pounds.

Last year, developers were given outline planning permission for 15 hundred homes near the site at Threemilestone that is earmarked for the 10 thousand seater stadium.

Now Inox are at loggerheads with the Council over an access road.

They are threatening to launch an appeal which they say could be costly.

MD Rob Saltmarsh said: "We welcomed the Council's intent to deliver our estate road from the outset of the project, as it is commercially attractive in terms of development cashflow. However, the Council now requires Inox to enter into an 'open cheque book' arrangement whereby we will have no control over the future cost, alignment or specification of the road.

"It would be financial suicide to allow the Council total control over our development budget, without having the ability to reach agreement on costs before works start.

"This insistence is a dramatic shift away from the resolution of the SPC and renders the project undeliverable.

"We have been accused in the media of wanting to create a 'ransom strip' with the road but nothing could be further from the truth since Inox would be obliged to connect the new road to the existing public highway in a timely manner, as set out in the Heads of Terms. It is of great concern that eleventh hour interventions risk subverting the resolution of the SPC, and threaten to stifle major private sector investment and job creation within Cornwall."

In a statement, Cornwall Council said: "On 3rd May 2012 the Council's Strategic Planning Committee granted delegated authority to the Head of Planning to approve Inox's application subject to conditions set out in the officer's report and securing a legal agreement consistent with the Heads of Terms appended to the report. The Committee granted delegated authority for approval based on an understanding that the Council would be able to step in and deliver the road early, an approach that is supported by the adopted Development Brief for Land North of the A390 and the Truro Transport Strategy. The wording for the legal agreement for all other matters is agreed and Officers are continuing to negotiate with Inox on this specific point with a view to avoiding a non-determination appeal."

Rod Lyon from the Stadim for Cornwall Working Group said: "It's time delay. That's our big worry; it's the time delay. The longer it goes on, the more that people's interest starts to drop away and there's all these things that people in the end say, is it going to happen? People want to stay and they will lose heart."

7:45am 22nd May 2013

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